Poetic Form & Structure: A Webquest for Mr. Unis' 9th Grade English Class

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Introduction

Poetic Form & Structure

A WebQuest for Mr. Unis' 9th Grade Class

Designed by

Blake Unis

bcunis@cedarcrest.edu

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In the last couple classes we have covered the various terminology that pertains to poetry. You will utilize that terminology as your work through understanding varoius poetic structures. You will be tasked with searching the web for information about poetic form.  It is my hope that this WebQuest will open up the world of poetry to you. You will be exposed to a variety of writers. The topics they cover are as numerous as the stars in the sky.  It is my hope that you will follow your interests. I want you to find poems that interest you. I will be guiding you to various websites, but you will also be responsible for finding your own information. Before you begin on your journey, I want you to consider this question:

Why is poetry important?

Through you work on this WebQuest, I would you like to think about how to answer this question. I have attached a wonderful video about one man's explanation of why poetry is important to him. I would like you to watch this as the beginning of your webquest journey:

GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN!

Task

These are your tasks:

  1. Choose 10 different poetic forms.
  2. Find one example of each poetic form.
  3. Find information about each author.
  4. Write a brief reflection about each poem.
  5. Create a PowerPoint with the 10 poems, information and personal reflection content.
  6. Choose one of the 10 different poetic forms and create a poem.
  7. You will recite your poem or one of the poems you found as example of a structure in front of the class.
  8. Write a one-page reflection paper on why you think poetry is an important form of writing.


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Process

In order to complete this WebQuest you will need to follow the process laid out below. You should complete the process in the order it is written in below. Here is what you need to do:

  1. Visit the following websites:
    1. http://www.poemofquotes.com/articles/poetry_forms.php
    2. http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/197
  2. From these websites you must choose 10 different types of poetic form that are the most interesting to you.
  3. After you choose your 10 poetic structures, you must find a poem that is an example of that structure.
    1. You may not choose the examples that are listed on the websites I have provided.
      • YOU MUST FIND YOUR OWN EXAMPLES
    2. Here are some websites (you may use others) to help you find poems:
  4. For each poem you select, you must complete three tasks:
    1. Determine what is the form of the poem. 
      • Be able to explain the form.
    2. Research and write down two important facts about the poem's author.
      • This information may include: the school of poetry the poet is from, what other poets influenced this poet, et cetera.
    3. Write a bief reflection about each poem. You need to describe it in your own words. What is the gist of the poem? What is the feeling you get from the poem?
  5. Create a Powerpoint using the information collected during step 4. (SEE BOTTOM OF PAGE FOR EXAMPLES OF SLIDES)
    1. The PowerPoint should be 20 slides in length.
      • You will use 2 slides per poem.
        • The first slide will consist of the poem.
        • The second slide will have all the remaining information about the poem from step 4.
  6. Next, you will choose one of the 10 poetic structures and you will write your own poem in that format.
  7. You will recite your poem or one of the poems you found as example of a structure in front of the class.
  8. Finally, you will write a one-page reflection paper on why you think poetry is an important form of writing.


Examples of Slides:



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Evaluation

 

Beginning

1

Developing

2

Accomplished

3

Exemplary

4

Score

 

PowerPoint

 

The PowerPoint 0-10 poems but does not contain all information required.

The PowerPoint contains 4-6 poems with all information required.

The PowerPoint contains 7-9 poems with all information required.

The PowerPoint contains 10 poems with all information required.

 

 

Created Poem

 

 

No poem is created.

 

A poem is created, but it does not comply with the selected poetic structure.

A poem is created and it complies with the selected poetic structure.

 

 

Recitation of Poem 

  

 

 

The poem was recited with some errors.

The poem was recited without error.

 

 

Reflection Paper

The paper is note handed in, or it does pertain to the topic.

The paper has a somewhat developed structure on the assigned topic.

The paper has a well-supported structure on the assigned topic.

The paper has an outstanding supported structure on the assigned topic.

 

Mechanics & Grammar

There are numerous (>10) grammar or mechanical errors.

There are some (5-10) grammar or mechanical errors.

There are a few (1-5) grammar or mechanical errors. 

There are no grammar or mechanical errors.

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Conclusion

I hope that this lesson was an enjoyable experience. It is my hope that by completing this WebQuest you are now able to talk about poetic form and structure. Additionally, I hope that you found some poets and poems that interest you. Your learning does not stop here! Continue to read their work, as well as the work of others. Reading poetry will offer you insights into the world and into yourself. I leave you with a video of my favorite actor reading poetry by my favorite poet:

 

Credits

Teacher's Page

This lesson covers the following Pennsylvania Common Core Standards:

  • CC.1.4.9-10.F: 
    • Demonstrate a grade appropriate command of the conventions of standard   English grammar, usage, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.
  • CC.1.3.9-10.F: 
    • Evaluate how words and phrases shape meaning and tone  in texts.
  • CC.1.3.9-10.K: 
    • Read and comprehend literary fiction on grade level, reading independently and proficiently
  • CC.1.5.9–10.G: 
    • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English when speaking based on Grades 9–10 level and content.